We are working on the school comparison tool for the website so we'll have a lot more detail on Hawthorn and dozens of other schools then, but it is probably about 2 months away from being up and ready for use. In the meantime, for general info about schools and related issues, there are several threads at NutritionCircle you should definitely check out if you haven't already:
and any others in the Nutrition Training forum.
If you are looking to practice, my first suggestion for you is to get 100% clarity on the practice/licensing requirements for your state, and any other state you envision yourself potentially practicing in (see first link above). Many states require certain types of degrees and only from certain types of schools.
Some "natural minded" options that generally seem to be well regarded include AHSU, Hawthorn, Clayton, Bastyr, Bridgeport and others.
I have personally looked into Hawthorn University, in reference to their programs. There is a lot to consider, as you may well be aware, when choosing any college or university and a specific program. I will encourage you to consider some very key points. These points will stem from my own personal experience and what I have seen with others, in the field and politically.
Your personal goals and present state: Look at where you are currently in life. Ask yourself, what do I want to accomplish in my life; how can I get there (educationally, with emphasis on state requirements, self-confidence, financial support, etc). What would you like to contribute to yourself and family, society and/or community?
Hawthorn University has wonderful program descriptions that are holistically based. They will place a great deal of focus on the importance of supporting the body's natural biochemistry. It will look at the environmental factors, personal lifestyle habits and practices, genetics, etc. This is obvious from the course descriptions; however you will want to make personal contact with the school, its professors, etc. to see how they respond to you, time managements, etc. For example, I was previously enrolled in a non-traditional doctoral program. I researched the programs, looked at the course descriptions, spoke with administrative staff, reviewed the mission statement of the school. However, I just withdrew from this university because I found that it was not best for me. Once I got on the inside of the program, I found that there was lack in communication, terrible time management (frequent delay in response to emails, phone calls, return of grades, etc). This was very difficult for ME! After several emails to the Dean, and his replies of apology and statements of "we will do better," with no improvements, I decided to withdraw. So, you really have to look at the school, then see how it fits you. I believe the school that I was enrolled in is a great school with wonderful programs, but it was not suitable for online learning for me. You will have to look at how the school benefits you, and how its short-comings weigh when compared to the overall picture.
Financial support is important. A lot of schools that are not U.S. Deparment of Education accredited do not provide federal governmental support, (Pell Grant, etc). This is important for many students. However, some of these schools do have other options that may suit your needs, regarding paying for tuition expenses, books, etc. Please check this out! You would hate to spend out-of-pocket fees that may put you in a hole.
Ask yourself if you are considering self-employment, business ownership, etc. If you are, then how do you believe your community will respond to your educational experience with this school. Or, will you be seeking employment with a full-benefit package? If so, then some jobs require that coursework be from accredited universities with implications of U.S. Department of Education. Other jobs may accept and honor your education, but may not provide benefits -- this may be important to you or may not, but again, look at your goals.
Hope this helps! Please feel free to ask more questions at any time!
thank you very much for all the detailed information. I can start to do my homework now.
I will check the links you suggested and start from there.
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